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: barak, california. gaithersburg, maryland. republican, steve. caller: looking forward to reading the book. i have to tell you as a moderate republican, i thought cheney was a good congressman. i thought he was a fantastic secretary of defense and the gulf war and i would argue one of the worst vice-president we have ever had. very disappointed. i voted first term for him, and the second, unfortunately because of him. i will be interested to read his book to see what his take is. so far from what you have been reading from the reviews, this seems like a guy who was always good and blaming everybody else for failures of the bush administration. host: go ahead. finish up, steve. caller: when of the previous callers -- we are entitled to our own opinions and not entitled to our own facts. the iraq war when it comes to the facts, i have yet to see facts about weapons of mass destructions. i still think we should have gone in regardless. but a previous caller, a fellow republican, the valerie plame story, that there was no connection between him. you can stretch and say there was no di
was steve forbes and in 1995, the winner was bob dole. a look at the campaign calendar -- the announcement of governor perry officially in the race and next up is the florida republican holding a debate in a straw poll that will take place in late september, 22-24. the iowa caucus is set for september 26 next year and that will be followed by the new hampshire primary on valentine's day. julie, republican line, lake erie, illinois, go ahead. caller: i would like to know why cspan missed the first three people yesterday. they totally mr. ron paul as being second. there was so much enthusiasm in iowa for ron paul. we need to get out of this war kand bring our money home to the united states and take care of our debts here. host: he was listed as a close second to rep michelle bachmann. the minnesota republican got 4823 votes. brownstone, mich., welcome to the conversation. caller: i have two little comments to make. everybody is talking about health care and we will get health care and we have to pay for health care. i want somebody to think about something -- i am social security disabled a
? caller: i have to agree with you steve and both democrats and republicans are to blame but particular peeved at republicans who are now coming out and claiming they're true conservatives and concerned about the deficit and they kept on saying debt doesn't matter and this was proved and on the business. they pursued policy where they spent and gave us this brutal accounting where we were of the impression that the depressions but five hundred billion. this one came understanding that the deficit is actually a little over or well over a trillion dollars. and you can't trust politicians. they are in the business of spending it's so embarrass together listen to them from day to day. i wasn't born in america i came from jamaica and i know what this is now taking hold of jamaica from the united states america in terms of the income disparity and what it's going to do to the country and we see that trying to divide the country. it's unfair. if you earn 8% of the wealth in the country you should pay 8% of the taxes it's ridiculous people that earn 20% of the wealth in the country are paying g
for republicans. steve, you're on "washington journal." caller: good morning, gentlemen. how are you doing this morning? guest: good. thank you. caller: just a couple of different things. for one, if people do their home work, we need to start -- north rate is unemployment 3.6%. people need to get in there and look and see why it's 3.6% for one thing. this monte easing that -- monetary easing that everybody is talking about, why don't we call it what it is. it's inflation. we're inflating the money and stealing from the american people. it's not doing us any good at all. all of these big jobs, anything over $250,000 has to go to unions which is b.s. if we want to start getting this country back together, we have to get rid of the e.p.a. because they're stopping all of these jobs. i was talking to the painter the other day. said everything the e.p.a. is doing, he's going to be out of a job in three years because of all the restrictions and everything else they've been putting on. and everybody needs to start looking at it. it's not very good for this country. we're americans. we're not a eu
if you don't. underpreparation never does anyone any good ." haymarket, virginia. steve, independent line. caller: it was much worse in isabel, but the disaster is in february when the cold front generators are shut down because of obama's repeal the laws of physics, reference in his comic book classes he took a harvard. host: republican, miami, good morning. caller: good morning. i want to comment, all my family is from new york and new jersey. yes, the storm -- my heart goes out to a lot of people that have had a lot of flooding and have to deal with a lot of disaster. i come from florida and we have to deal with this kind of thing during the hurricane season and you have to be normally prepared. this was a shock for a lot of people who not experienced anything like this. when i spoke to families in new york, i was so grateful it was not worse, i got a lot of pictures and trees and everything. as far as the government, it did step up, but at times we have to take responsibility for ourselves. there is a lot of hype about the evacuation of new york. my kids, my daughter and my mom were s
the rebels are and what their agenda is. host: we will talk about that a little bit more with steve coming in about 15 minutes. who are the rebel forces and who is in that opposition government? the "washington times" on the oil situation in the country. the u.s. not likely to benefit from the drop in oil prices. the "financial times" story. here is that a headline on oil. l.i., n.y., republican. caller: i am so tired of listening to the u.s. going out all over the world helping other countries. it is a lovely, but we are spending so much money in ways. what many in the u.s. have no jobs. we have so many problems and such high debt and risk spending all of this money outside of the country. i hope we are helping these people with their money not ours. we cannot help all of these people. that is why we are in such a big troubles. it is nice to hate -- help these people, but they hate as anyway. host: here is another view. . -- viewpoint. we cut to a democrat in philadelphia. caller: i believe our role should decrease as far as involvement and increase more so towards these spectators. where
on our smartphone steve social media. we have seen a number of instances where use gangs have organized themselves by facebook and twitter, and local authorities are figuring out how to grapple with that, and the question is should restrictions be put on access to services in times of public safety situations? how do you feel about that? we'll put the c-span phone number is on the screen, and we will also invite you to use social media to join us. we will put your questions on the table. you mention that other localities are grappling with that. are there other instances you could site? guest: we have not seen the system-wide shut down the bart undertook, but cities are considering them, especially as with hurricane irene coming to the east coast, what to do to make sure these networks are clear and not used for nefarious purposes. both new york city and washington have discussed how they might use or shut down parts of the cell phone network to prevent imminent attacks. this is clearly on the table. the fact that they were able to do it so quickly shows there are plans in place for mos
michigan. caller: good morning, steve. thanks, c-span. everybody that works there. i have several points. i live in a small community. we have a town probably 20 miles from here. they are going to be building a factory that produces surgical instruments. they are based, i think, out of the century, michigan. it is a positive note. there are also some negatives. i had my wages slashed, and education, by dollar an hour. that is not a positive and there is really no recourse. host: tie that into the president's three-day bus tour? caller: why doesn't he go through smaller communities like harbor springs, louis michigan, or maybe the tribal lands that you have in the county. it is a really -- the truth is it is most often very small factories that support communities like this. it is not just the big three. guest: -- host: it is also a tourist town. caller: it does not pay good wages. maybe for the businesses but not for the everyday person. everybody knows that. host: that was cafe. the president heads to martha's vineyard today for his vacation 3 comments from our facebook page. we will begin
. now obama's in office, and you want to act like children. host: let's go to california. steve on our independent line. good morning. caller: yes, hi, good morning. host: hi there. caller: the biggest thing i'm concerned about is this new sub committee. some people are calling it the super congress, because, to me, it violates basic principles of democracy by putting so much power in this special gang of congress. the president made a quote on the huffington post i'd like to briefly read, he said, what is a super congress? we have an example of similar bodies. the bureau of the ussr. the bureau was made up of the top members of the central committee. it was responsible and its members subject to the committee. in reality, it was a self-perpetuating body that served as the executive branch of the soviet union and its decisions were forced upon as law. you wind up with this group of 12, and what is the purpose of the rest of them? i believe we need to look at this long-term procedural change that has been pushed through, and i hope you'll do a special show on it. it reminds me of a book
into the decision, gathering affirmation about how they came to that decision. let's go to steve, a democrat in florida. caller: hello. host: we are listening. caller: i have two questions. you're referring to a lot of cutbacks on regulations for businesses. guest: yes. host: what if we cut the corporate income tax rate down to 14%, because most do not pay more than 40% anyway. -- 14% anyway. and as a counterbalance, repeal law that enables corporations to take their operations overseas? i heard the reason that they do this is to prevent double taxation. but if a corporation is not providing jobs for americans, why would that be our problem? the other thing i wanted ask, when the market was going down yesterday, i was listening to a show where they were saying that a lot of people were taking their money out of stocks and purchasing u.s. treasuries because that was a good thing. and i will go offline to listen to your comments. guest: that is an excellent question. the united states corporate tax rate is the highest in the world right now. it was second-highest to japan, but in japan lowered
. this is steve, independent. you're on the air. caller: yes, i just wanted to make the comments, i think the recovery will come from jobs. host: but how do you stimulate jobs, steve? caller: well, what they tried to do around detroit, a lot of autoworkers were being laid off. they had government programs that were giving them training in other fields of heating and air conditioning and things like that. i know a lot of people -- i totally believe in the free market system, but i think there's a lot of programs that the government could put out in the major metropolis cities or whatever that would help the unemployed people that don't have the skills to get certain jobs to help them along, to get skills. because with school being college and that being so expensive these days and things like that, i would do that. i would say medicare part b, i don't like that, because they're talking about cuts. i would actually get rid of that. i know bush signed that in, and that helps the drug companies. since they can't negotiate prices, i think that's kind of crazy. congress and the house, they actu
cannot have everything. host: all right, cindy, thanks for calling. steve has sent an e-mail from his iphone. our next call comes from daryl, a republican in detroit. caller: good morning. i want to mention first that the media is very good at magician'' . ' everyone knows someone who's lost a job or knows about a plant closure because of foreign competition. every 24 hours with about 1.4 billion overseas to purchase products. they are competing against us overseas. we should have tariffs on products from foreign countries. they said that would start a trade war. but we have been in a trade war since the last trade surplus in 1975. if we do these things, we can leave a legacy to our children and our children's children, no deaths, by putting tariffs. 3% unemployment, we have to do something 10 years ago. host: we will leave it there. from the c-span website, gop presidential hopefuls campaign in iowa. there's a debate tonight, but c- span will follow, and hear from the presidential republican candidates at the iowa state fair in des moines today and at the iowa republican straw poll t
any reasons why. guest: i think steve should definitely -- [laughter] i do not know how much beltway wisdom there is at this point. the downgrade in the last few weeks and the reason for its -- when it standard and poor's announced that the u.s. was dropping to a aa+ rating, that was a very big deal. our system does not work. is dysfunctional. two sides hunkered down in a country that is very deeply divided. is a are trying to hunker down and do not agree -- they are trying to hunker down and do not agree. this was shameful. i really do not think that is it too strong of a term for these members. what impact it will have, we will have to wait and see. every plunge is a reminder that politics matters. you have to figure out a way to make the deeply divided congress in a deeply divided country work for the country. i actually think there is a seriousness about that since the downgrade that i have seen in years of writing the same story every month about how there is gridlock and deeply divided and polarizing. something is changing here. i think it is the gravitas of the moment. host: w
to demand. host: steve is a republican in florida. caller: good morning, gentlemen. this is just a power grab in a sense. why can they just take 3% from social security, 3% from the military, 3% from all federal employees and state employees, and make the cut across the board? nobody gets hurt or crushed. we could pay a lot of our national debt and resolve a lot of problems. it is a great start. thank you, gentlemen. guest: that is certainly a valid approach. congress has chosen to zero in on specific areas where it thinks cutting can most effectively be done rather than doing an across-the-board hair cut. that would make things easier but it has not been seriously considered in the past in this debate. host: michael johnson tweets in -- guest: that would be very interesting. host: would it be a first? guest: it would be a first. guest: if there are two people, you cut, the other person choooses. host: whose idea was it to create the super committee? guest: it originally came from harry reid. this was during negotiations between congressional leaders and president. actually, it started w
, alabama, a republican line, steve. caller: i have a question. why does the united states think they are the peacemakers of the world, when the real problem is that we spend millions and millions of dollars to invade in other countries where we have no business being there. guest: there are responsibilities that come with being the united states. those, because we are powerful, we are economically under normal contortions usually fairly strong. responsibilities in the rest of the world have been with the united states for a long time. i am completely sympathetic to the caller at the same time in the previous ones, concerned about the amount of money spent. we have to think about what we do abroad, not only in terms of spending money, but in terms of the engagement, which is somewhat costly. we have to seek aid but also in terms of diplomatic engagement, governmental and a citizen engagement that is relatively cheap. host: two questions from twitter. guest: the first answer is we simply do not know. there is no way to tell. serious elections have never been held. the answer to th
, with the exception of doing something to address the foreclosure crisis. host: steve is a business owner from livingston, new jersey. talkr: i want tolk about the garment industry. is no manufacturing inrin manhattan. -- how are those jobs ever going to come back to america? host: what business do you have? caller: we live on the domestic side of the garment, which used to be a huge business in new york. today it is down to a minuscule business. there is absolutely very little manufacturing in garments. you can bring in a suit from china for $60. there is no possible way these jobs are ever coming back to america. it used to be a tremendous industry in america. host: is the garment industry ever coming back to the united states? guest: it is very hard to bring industries back at a certain point if it has been gone for a long time. that may be the case for the garment industry. simply by having the dollar and a juan aligned instead of the depreciation, you would see a different balance with china. more construction of our exports. consumer fewer of the chinese exports. china's export-led growt
not oversee the entire project. host: steve, ill., democratic line. caller: i want to just let you know. i'm going to be voting for president obama. host: you think the deal helps the president? caller: yes, i do. host: mike, dover, ohio. caller: i would like to welcome everyone from dover, ohio. i fail to understand why iowa has a big importance as been the first caucus or whatever. my understanding is they have a straw poll, a caucus, and a primary later. the straw poll and the caucus are strictly people that have been paid to show up. they are given transportation and whatever. host: mike glover, a little clarification there? guest: the straw poll is an event where candidates do bus people to the straw poll to vote for them. they pass out tickets. so, it is a competition. who can turn out people to show off at a particular place, at a particular night, to vote for a particular candidate? the reason i like is first is because history, tradition, by what is a place where you have to come and talk to real people. you have to go out and campaign. you cannot just throw a bunch of money at th
this morning about the federal reserve's move yesterday to keep interest rates at near 0% 4 two years. steve joins us from scottsdale, ariz. on the republican line. caller: what they did basically is like putting a band-aid on a very large gaping bleeding wound. what we really need is a tourniquet. we have to try to court these businesses, bring them back to the united states. we have to have manufacturing jobs here and started drilling. we have to do the mining and everything in our power to get things rolling here. it is as simple as that. i do not think any amount of politics or things like that is going to. host: a quick program note on afghanistan appeared on c-span and2 at 9:00 a.m., we will cover in afghanistan brings thing with a top commander there. you can tune into c-span2 at 9:00 a.m.. robert is from arizona, go ahead. caller: i've been studying situation since i retired almost seven years ago. what happened, really, under bush was a lays out fair situation -- was a fair situation. -- laissez faire situation. what happens is that they put everything in their side and then they ex
's more disconcerting is the amount americans spend viss asuccess european allies. guest: steve in hartford, connecticut, good morning. caller: good morning. wouldn't it be true that the best use of resources for nato's military spending would be to get us off the use of oil , because every dollar we spend on oil eventually gets recycled to mideast countries and used for weapons and terrorism. guest: that's a sail weren't point. part -- that's a sail can't point. if you think about this from a european perspective, the natural gas, the oil that comes from libya, it doesn't come to u.s. markets. it comes to european markets so. this was a more significant factor if you are a european thinking about the future of your economy and your energy needs. efforts to push greater energy diversity, energy efficiency, there are certain ways to decrease dependency on the region, and i think that's a critical part of the strategy going forward. >> robert gates, in one of his last speeches, made news talking in brussels about concerns over europe's defense capabilities. here's a short piece fr
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